Austrian police in Vienna have arrested nine Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees over the alleged gang-rape of a 28-year-old German woman that happened on New Year's Day, reports have said.
A police spokesman said that the nine men are between the ages of 21 to 47, and all have either applied for or been granted asylum in Austria.
The men deny the alleged crime, Reuters reported, in which they are accused of gang-raping a German woman who was visiting a friend in Vienna in the apartment where two of the suspects were staying. more >>
The United States government has resettled more Christian refugees in the last decade than refugees of other religions, even though the nation continues to resettle fewer Syrian Christians than Syrian Muslims.
Much has been made about the low numbers of Syrian Christian refugees that have been resettled into the United States since the beginning of fiscal year 2016.
Although the Obama administration has a goal of resettling over 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, just 35 of the 7,551 Syrian refugees resettled into the country from last October through the end of July have been Christian, according to CNS News. Meanwhile, over 7,432 have been Sunni Muslim. more >>
Seven years ago, on a cold day in December 2009, I entered Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, N.J. — a minimum-security prison on a pilgrimage organized by the Interfaith Center of New York and Human Rights First. This one-day journey ushered me into the story of immigrants in the New York and New Jersey area, and changed my life.
"Immigrants without papers are picked up at JFK Airport, off the street, or taken from their families without warning and taken to Elizabeth Detention Center. They mark time behind bars in cinderblock cells. But they are not criminals. They look like you and me — just replace the suit or the jeans, sweater, and colorful scarf with a standard issue blue jumpsuit. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham said allowing tens of thousands of Muslim refugees into the United States, as President Barack Obama wants, could mean attacks on Christians in the country just as they are being targeted elsewhere, pointing to the killing of a Christian priest in Normandy, France, last week.
"President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and some other politicians want to allow tens of thousands of Muslim refugees into this country. A few days ago two Muslim men went into a Catholic Church in France in the name of ISIS and brutally slit the throat of an 85-year-old priest," Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote in a Facebook post.
"The self-proclaimed ISIS soldiers shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as they ran from the church," Graham pointed out, adding, "Unless something is done, it's just a matter of time before we see this happen here in the United States." more >>
Former President Bill Clinton painted his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as the "best darn change-maker I have ever known" and the only "real" choice for president Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
In perhaps the longest speech yet of the convention being held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Clinton ignited passionate support for his wife among delegates when he recalled her experience as a public servant who spent much of her career working to help the disenfranchised and promoting social justice — a concept she was introduced to, he said, by her Methodist youth minister during the early stages of her career.
And all the while as she did much of this work she was also juggling motherhood and marriage. more >>
France experienced a horrific terrorist attack Thursday evening that claimed the lives of 84 people and left 202 injured. The tragedy comes less than a year after the Paris attacks that killed more than 100 people.
On Bastille Day on the French Riveria, 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman Mohamed Bouhlel drove a truck into a crowded area of Nice.
Below is a timeline of what took place, as events unfolded that evening and well into the following day. more >>